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Date: 05/03/2012 Description: The U.S.-Africa Business Conference, June 21-22, 2012, Cincinatti, Ohio (USA) - State Dept Image

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2012

5:00 – 9:00 pm Registration
Westin Cincinnati Hotel, Third Floor

THURSDAY, June 21, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and Coffee
Westin Cincinnati Hotel, Third Floor
8:30 – 9:00 am OPENING REMARKS (OPEN TO PRESS)
Presidential Ballroom I & II
  • Emceed by: William Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece
9:05 – 9:45 am PLENARY I: “Why Do Business in Africa?” (OPEN TO PRESS)
Presidential Ballroom I & II
  • Chaired by: Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Stanislav Vecera, General Manager  for South and East Africa, Procter & Gamble
  • Her Excellency Minister of Trade and Industry Hannah Tetteh, Ghana
9:45 – 10:00 am Break
Gibson Foyer
10:00 – 11:45 am PANELS (CLOSED TO PRESS)

ENERGY 1: “How Government Agencies and the Private Sector View Opportunities for Clean Energy”
Presidential Ballroom I & II

  • Moderated by: Cindy Thyfault, Founder and CEO, Westar Trade Resources
  • Glen Sweetnam, Director, Office of African and Middle Eastern Affairs, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Neliswe Magubane, Director General-Energy, Department of Energy, Government of South Africa
  • Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
  • Chris Cassidy, Rural Development and Acting Energy Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Agriculture
TRANSPORTATION I: “Business Opportunities in the Transportation Infrastructure Sector in Africa”
Taft Room I & II
  • Moderated by: Alex Rugamba, Director, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Regional Integration & Trade, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Susan McDermott, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Ellen Moran, Senior Director for Infrastructure, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Paul Marin, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Todd Johnson, Manager for Risk and Market Development, GE Africa
WATER & SANITATION I: “Public and Private Opportunities for Water & Sanitation Investment in Africa”
Presidential Ballroom III
  • Chaired by: Omar Hopkins, Director for Infrastructure, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Jenny Datoo, Water & Knowledge Management Advisor, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, & Environment, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Sanjay Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer, WaterHealth International
  • Additional speakers may be added
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
Fountain Room and Tyler Davidson Room
1:00 – 2:45 pm PLENARY II: “U.S. Government Programs and Services To Facilitate Investment” (OPEN TO PRESS)
Presidential Ballroom I & II
  • Moderated by: William Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • Marcia Brandstat, Director, U.S. Commercial Service-Cincinnati
  • Richard Ginsburg, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • T. Charles Cooper, Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Dia Martin, Director, Small & Medium Enterprise Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Rick Angiuoni, Director, Africa, Global Business Development Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Paul Marin, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
Gibson Foyer
3:00 – 5:00 pm U.S. – Africa Business Matchmaking (invitation required)
Tyler Davidson Room
Meetings with African and U.S. businesses, approximately 30 minutes each
3:15 – 5:00 pm PANEL (CLOSED TO PRESS)

ENERGY II: “Energy Efficiency and Transmission Opportunities”
Presidential Ballroom I & II

  • Moderated by: Commissioner Andre Porter, Ohio Public Utility Commission
  • Graham Pugh, Team Lead, International Climate Activities, Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Callixte Kambanda, Principal Infrastructure Specialist, Secretariat of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, African Development Bank
  • Dr. Alfred K. Ofosu Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary, Ghana Energy Commission, and Deputy Chairperson, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership
  • Craig Butler, Assistant Policy Director for Environment, Energy, and Agriculture, Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich
5:30 – 7:00 pm COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Westin Cincinnati Hotel, Fountain Room
Thursday Site Visits (invitation required)
1:00 – 3:15 pm Duke Energy Envision Center
1:00 – 4:00 pm Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
1:00 – 4:00 pm DHL
3:00 – 5:00 pm Cincinnati Municipal Sewer District Wastewater Facility

FRIDAY, June 22, 2012

7:30 – 8:00 am Coffee
Westin Cincinnati Hotel, Gibson Foyer
8:00 – 8:25 am Doing Business in Louisville
Presidential Ballroom I & II
  • Suhas Kulkarni, Director, Office of Globliazation
  • Office of Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer
  • Additional speakers may be added
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Informal Networking Session
Tyler Davidson Room
8:30 – 10:15 am PANELS (CLOSED TO PRESS)

TRANSPORATION II: “Aviation and Air Safety in Africa”
Taft Room I & II

  • Moderated by: Amy Holman, Director, Office of Economic Policy Staff, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Susan McDermott, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Rick Angiuoni, Director, Africa, Global Business Development Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Robinson Misitala, Managing Director, National Airports Corporation LTD, Zambia
  • Fernando Prieto, Senior Project Manager, LPA Group

WATER & SANITATION II: “Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships To Support Innovations in Water Technology”
Presidential Ballroom III

  • Moderated by: Sally Gutierrez, Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Nick Ashbolt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati Office
  • Alan Vicory, Chairman, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster
  • Mark Hogg, Executive Director, EDGE Outreach
  • Keith Zook, Fellow, Children's Safe Drinking Water, Procter & Gamble
10:15 – 10:30 am

Break
Gibson Foyer

10:30 am – 12:15 pm PANELS (CLOSED TO PRESS)

ENERGY III: “Unconventional and Alternative Energy Sources”
Presidential Ballroom I & II

  • Chaired by: Cynthia Akuetteh, Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Honorable Senator Chris Ngige, Member of the Senate Committee of Science and Technology, National Assembly of Nigeria
  • Professor A.S. Sambo, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Government of Nigeria
  • Natenna Dobson, Industry Analyst, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kurt Shickman, Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance
TRANSPORTATION III: “Lessons Learned and Success Stories: Regional Integration”
Taft Room I & II
  • Moderated by: Raja Jandhyala, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
  • Robert Kirk, Senior Vice President, AECOM
  • David Adolwa, Transport Advisor, USAID’s Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Program (COMPETE)
  • Nathan Van Dusen, Director for Africa, Carana Corporation
12:00 – 12:15 pm Board buses for Freedom Center
12:30 – 2:30 pm Closing Lunch sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, and DHL
(OPEN TO PRESS)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Kim Robinson, Executive Director, Freedom Center (tent.)
  • Raja Jandhyala, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Mayor of Cincinnati Mark Mallory
  • Additional speakers may be added
2:30 pm Board buses for Westin or Site Visits
Friday Site Visits (invitation required)
7:30 – 10:15 am Cincinnati State Renewable Energy Labs
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Environmental Protection Agency Testing & Evaluation Facility
10:15 am – 12:30 pm GE Aviation
2:30 – 4:30 pm Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
2:30 – 4:45 pm GE Aviation
2:30 – 4:45 pm MeLink Corporation
   

 For more information, please visit us at: http://www.state.gov/p/af/rt/agoa/2012/usabc/index.htm

The registration deadline is fast approaching! We will be accepting registration forms until Monday, June 18 or until the conference is full, whichever comes first.

For site visit press information, please contact: USABC2012@state.gov



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